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Anderson, Scheepers victorious in California
- Updated: March 8, 2013
Our top-ranked men’s and women’s tennis players have both picked up good victories in the first round of the BNP Paribas Masters tournament in California, writes Mark Etheridge.
Kevin Anderson beat Romania’s Victor Hanescu in straight sets, 7-6 (6) 6-3. Anderson is sitting in 37th spot on the ATP rankings, 18th spots higher than Hanescu.
The South African’s big serve saw him sending down seven aces to Hanescu’s four and the two players had a brace of double faults apiece.
He’ll now come up against fourth seeded David Ferrer of Spain in the second round.
Also in Indian Wells, our top ranked women’s player Chanelle Scheepers also came out tops. Currently ranked 60th on the ATP Tour, she downed Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets.
She beat the French player, ranked nine spots higher on the WTA rankings, 6-4 6-1. In an ace-less match, both players had two double faults but Scheepers’ first-service percentage of 61% was marginally better than her opponent’s 58%.
The 28-year-old South African now comes up against France’s Marion Bertoli, currently ranked 11th on the world rankings. She had a first round bye.